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in three years, sitting down with nbc's david gregory this morning to talk about the fiscal cliff. >> i'm arguing for maintaining tax cuts for 98% of americans. i don't think anybody would consider that some liberal left wing agenda. that used to be considered a republican mainstream agenda. >> joining me senator olympia sn snowe of maine. let me start with that. it does seem sort of counter intuitive to have republicans wanting to fight for tax hikes for no one and in that fight, being willing to allow tax hikes for everyone? >> you know, i would agree with that. obviously it is important to make sure that middle income america does not confront a tax increase at the beginning of next year, which is less than two days away. that is critical. the second part is, of course, is trying to address the spending cuts that are going to be crucial next year as well. more for the long-term debt reduction that i think republicans are talking about, but the bottom line is, we should pass this tax extension for middle income america before we adjourn this year. >> and what is -- what do you -- wher
the press" with david gregory. >> good sunday morning. it's been nine days since the tragic shooting at sandy hook elementary in newtown, connecticut and the debate over gun control has been revived. here with us exclusively this morning, the man at the ten ter of that debate, the ceo and executive vice president of the nra, wayne lapierre. i want to get right to it. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> you proposed armed guards in school. we'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. you confronted the news media, you blamed hollywood and the gaming industry but never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. is that meaningful contribution, mr. lapierre, or a dodge? >> david, i said what i honestly thought and what hundreds of millions of people all over this country will believe will actually make a difference. i can't imagine a more horrible tragedy. we all have 5-year-olds in our family in some way. we all put ourselves in that situation and have tears in our eyes. the nra, we have 11,000 police training i
schumer -- how many times did david gregory ask him if he could support chuck hagel's nomination? and schumer was not -- schumer knew exactly what he was doing. let's not pretend, you know, that was a misstatement or anything like that. he was sending a signal to the white house. hey, buddy, pull this thing. don't make us fight for hagel. we're not going to do it. there probably actually was more support to fight for susan rice than i'm detecting when it comes to chuck hagel. but the way i think the fiscal stuff has impacted it, it's taken the white house eye off the ball. they've not managed that situation very well. and i think it's because they're all just so consumed with fiscal cliff. >> hey, chuck, do you have -- can we get the camera to pull back? do you have shorts on or sweatpants? >> i can see his breath. it looks cold. >> reporter: peter was giving the weather report in washington. first of all, you can see my breath. >> yeah. >> reporter: if you want to look at that, number one. it's mid-30s. >> i think he's just smoking. >> reporter: my crew here, they're bundled up,
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